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I haven’t been reading a lot of my library books or using my library card all that much the past couple of days. I guess this because (1) when it’s not raining, I’m outside hiking, rock climbing, and biking and (2) I’ve been abandoning books left and right. Hopefully, the remaining books I have left in my library loot will be good ones. No vlog today as I cannot get YouTube and my webcam to sink up, and when YouTube does decide to understand my webcam, the audio and video are not matched up. Ugh, technology. So you’ll have to settle my usual descriptions and a picture from a recent hike.

Checked Out in June:

  • Cranford (Elizabeth Gaskell) – For A Literary Odyssey’s read-a-long so (hopefully) look for a post on the first eight chapters on June 15.
  • Mistress of the Monarchy (Alison Weir) – I love Weir’s biographies of English history, and I own quite a few of them so I was excited to see this one on the new nonfiction shelf. This one takes place in the mid-fourteenth century and examines the life of Katherine de Roet, who became the mistress of the Duke of Lancaster (the fourth son of King Edward III) and later his wife in a “scandalous” marriage.
  • Peace Be Upon You (Zachary Karabell) – The story of Muslim, Christian and Jewish coexistence in the past and in the present-day Middle East.
  • Stolen Innocence (Elissa Wall and Lisa Pulitzer) – Wall’s memoir on growing up in a polygamous sect, becoming a teenage bride, and her escape from the sect and Warren Jeffs.
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (David Wroblewski) — The “One Book, One Town” selection for June by my local library, and my mom liked it when she finished it last night although she said would have changed the ending.

Left Over From May:

  • Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Rebecca West) — This nonfiction book describes the author’s travels to Yugoslavia with her husband in 1937–a journey overshadowed by the growing inevitability of the Second World War. (I have yet to even start this one. My plan to read a little everyday is just not working out fr me.)
  • A Civil Action (Jonathan Harr) — This is the true story of an epic courtroom showdown. Two of the nation’s largest corporations stand accused of causing the deaths of children. Representing the bereaved parents, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges: a young, flamboyant Porsche-driving lawyer who hopes to win millions of dollars and ends up nearly losing everything–including his sanity.
  • Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton) — The story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s. (My mom just finished this novel and loved it.)

Library Loot:

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A weekly (or monthly, in my case) event, Library Loot encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from their local library. Whether you vlog about or write about, the format doesn’t matter as along as you share what followed you home this week (or, again in my case, each month). The event is hosted by Eva and Marg.

Photo © Me. Beauty at the summit. Yellowstone, Wyoming. Taken: June 1, 2010.
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